Property Owner Charged After Altercation with Overnight Renters

A Middleburg-area man faces a string of felony charges after allegedly holding a group of people renting his house at gunpoint Saturday morning.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a Snickersville Turnpike home just before 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11 for a report of a man brandishing a firearm.

According to the preliminary report, the landowner, John A. Andrews, 77,  had rented the Aldie-area property to a group of people for the night through AirBnB. He allegedly confronted the renters after discovering the home had sustained significant damage. During the confrontation, investigators say Andrews displayed a handgun and held the renters at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Andrews was arrested and charged with five counts of abduction, use of/display of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and brandishing of a firearm. He was held without bond over the weekend, but released on bail Monday afternoon.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Loudoun County District Court.

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